Motion that Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, be amended in schedule 1 by adding the following to section 79:
Minister to report
79.1(1) In this section, “Climate Leadership Plan” means the Government’s Climate Leadership Plan announced on November 22, 2015.
(2) No later than 15 days after the commencement of the first sitting in 2019, the Minister shall lay a report before the Legislative Assembly that includes a cost impact assessment of the carbon levy established under this Act and an update on the current status of emissions in the province and how this compares to the emission reduction targets identified in the Climate Leadership Plan.
Review of Act
79.2 Following the tabling of the Minister’s report under section 79.1, and no later than January 1, 2020, a committee of the Legislative Assembly must begin a comprehensive review of this Act and the regulations made thereunder and must submit to the Legislative Assembly, within 6 months after beginning the review, a report that includes the committee’s recommendations for amendments to this Act, the regulations made under this Act or any other enactment.
This amendment calls for the minister to do a full analysis of the carbon tax one year after it’s implemented, and it also calls for a legislative standing committee to fully review the carbon tax and to present recommendations two full years after the tax is implemented.
Our caucus is bringing this amendment forward because we believe that climate change is real. It requires action. We need to deal with it. We understand we have a bill here – we have looked very carefully and thoughtfully at this bill – and we have come up with amendments that we feel make the bill stronger. We are realists, we are pragmatists, and we know the government is intent on passing this legislation. We want to help make that legislation better.